Brexit 'not a priority' for the EU says French ambassador

The French ambassador to the UK has said Brexit as 'not a priority' for the EU and dismissed concerns about high levels of immigration as 'exaggerated'.

Sylvie Bermann said that while Britain talks about Brexit at 'morning, lunch and dinner' Europe is determined to carry on its mission to 'strengthen the EU'.

And in an apparent swipe at Theresa May, she said French President Emmanuel Macron was able to host Donald in Paris because he enjoyed huge support in France.

Mrs May has put off the US President's promised state visit to Britain until at least next year amid fears that it would spark massive protests.

French President Sylvie Bermann said the UK is consumed by Brexit at morning lunch and dinner, whereas Brexit is not a priority in Europe. She also dismissed concerns over spiralling rates of immigration into Britain as 'scaremongering'

French President Sylvie Bermann said the UK is consumed by Brexit at morning lunch and dinner, whereas Brexit is not a priority in Europe. She also dismissed concerns over spiralling rates of immigration into Britain as 'scaremongering'

In an interview to mark the end of her stint in Britain, Miss Bermann gave short shrift to the UK's looming departure from the Brussels club.

She told The Guardian: 'Brexit in the morning, Brexit for lunch and Brexit for dinner.

'It is not the case in France or in Europe – the priority in the EU is to protect and strengthen the EU and to deal with migration crisis. 

'Brexit is not a priority for us.'

Anger at EU free movement rules which had led to spiralling rates of immigration and undermined Britain's ability to control its own borders drove many to back Leave in last year's historic referendum.

Theresa May, pictured meeting with the new  French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in June. The French ambassador appeared to take a swipe at Theresa May by contrasting the British PM's political weakness with the popularity enjoyed by Mr Macron

Theresa May, pictured meeting with the new  French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in June. The French ambassador appeared to take a swipe at Theresa May by contrasting the British PM's political weakness with the popularity enjoyed by Mr Macron

Mr Macron, pictured in a long handshake with Donald Trump as their wives Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron watch on. Miss Bermann said the French President was able to host the US leader because he was politically strong 

Mr Macron, pictured in a long handshake with Donald as their wives Melania and Brigitte Macron watch on. Miss Bermann said the French President was able to host the US leader because

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